Praise for Shetland cadet’s actions

November 24, 2022
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Cadet with certificate, family and Capt Haynes and HRFCA Deputy Chief Executive

Army Cadet Heather Mowat’s actions have been recognised with a Praiseworthy Action Certificate.

Heather (14), from 1st Battalion The Highlanders Army Cadet Force’s Lerwick Detachment, was presented with an Army Cadet Charitable Trust UK Praiseworthy Action Certificate for assisting a child in distress at the Cunningsburgh Show on August 10.

She was assisting with car parking when she noticed a child had been struck on the head by a car door caught in the wind.

Battery Commander of the Orkney and Shetland Battery, Captain Cheryl Haynes, said: “Heather was recognised for acting very calmly, checking the child over and giving the parents reassurance and advice.

“These certificates are awarded by the Army Cadet Charitable Trust UK, which exists to support the Army Cadet Force. All praiseworthy actions submitted are scrutinised by a panel before a decision is made to award.

“This is a first for Shetland’s Army Cadets.”

Heather was photographed with her certificate in Fort Charlotte, Lerwick, on November 8. She was accompanied by her parents, Christopher and Gillian Mowat.

Highland RFCA Deputy Chief Executive, Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Andrew Macnaughton, attended the presentation.

He said: “I am delighted to see Heather’s quick-thinking actions being recognised with this award. Her cadet training gave her the skills and confidence to step in and give assistance to an injured child.”

  • Main image shows (from left) Capt Cheryl Haynes, Christopher Mowat, Heather Mowat, Gillian Mowat and Lt Col (Retd) Andrew Macnaughton.